Armstrong Announces “A Moveable Feast” Lecture Series


(Sept. 4, 2013) Armstrong’s College of Liberal Arts announces a year-long lecture series, “A Moveable Feast.” The series will feature monthly lectures and performances by distinguished Armstrong faculty, to be held in a variety of venues throughout Savannah’s Downtown Historic District. Andrew Delbanco, renowned scholar of American Studies at Columbia University, will deliver the keynote address in February 2014. The goal of “A Moveable Feast” is to celebrate the vital role that the liberal arts plays in keeping the ideal of democratic education alive. All events are free and open to the public.

As Ernest Hemingway’s friend and biographer A.E. Hotchner remembered him saying, “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” For many, the lingering impact of college continues throughout one’s life and becomes a moveable feast itself. Armstrong’s “Moveable Feast” lecture series offers to the Savannah community the opportunity to experience the generosity of mind and spirit that a higher education rooted in the liberal arts extends to its students.

“A Moveable Feast” will feature a wide range of programming, from the benefits of economics education on society, to photography and African-American Identity, among other topics. The series will culminate with a musical performance on the Armstrong campus, to celebrate the joy in living that a liberal arts education also promises. Armstrong assistant professor of music Emily Grundstad-Hall, a soprano, will perform works by Schubert, Bach, Puccini and Mozart, among others, in April 2014.

The centerpiece lecture of “A Moveable Feast” will be a Savannah appearance by Andrew Delbanco, Mendelson Family Chair of American Studies and Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Delbanco is the author of many books, including, most recently, “College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be” (Princeton University Press, 2012), and “The Abolitionist Imagination” (Harvard University Press, 2012). His essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, New Republic, New York Times Magazine and other journals, on topics ranging from American literary and religious history to contemporary issues in higher education. Named America’s best social critic by Time Magazine, and awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama in 2011, Delbanco will speak on “What is College For? The Future of American Education” at Temple Mickve Israel on February 24, 2013.

Armstrong’s College of Liberal Arts prepares its students to contribute meaningfully to a civil society and encourages them to take joy in life-long learning. The university aims to equip its students to find purpose in their lives and hopes to inspire them to remain attentive not only to their own wellbeing, but also to the wellbeing of all the others with whom they share the planet. Just as Armstrong hopes that an undergraduate degree grounded in the liberal arts enriches and informs students’ lives for years to come, so does “A Moveable Feast” hope to offer such enrichment to the community at large.

To see the full schedule of events, visit the Moveable Feast web page.

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